Saul Confirmed As King
Read: 1 Samuel 11
At the end of chapter 10, we find Saul hiding among the baggage, as Samuel is trying to introduce him as the new king. This is a comical scene and yet, provides a window into the heart and mind of Saul. He is humble and unsure of all that has transpired. He has witnessed and acted on God’s power and call on his life and yet, he seems to be a bit overwhelmed.
In chapter 11, we are introduced to some of the Israelites enemies, the Ammonites. They have conquered the town of Jabesh and are hungry for more. They are threatening to gouge out the right eyes of all the people. Saul catches wind that his people are flipping out and becomes angry. The loyalty and responsibility he has for them compels him to act. Don’t miss that this passion and direction comes from God’s spirit. It is not just a boy becoming a man or a farmer becoming a king, it is an ordinary guy just like you and I, being filled with and responding to God’s spirit.
This is quite a transformation that unfolds. We watch Saul go from a timid farmer to a super successful leader and warrior. We also see God’s faithfulness and patience in leading Saul through this process, one step at a time. No wonder the Israelites threw a party! So what about you? As a believer in Christ you have the same power available that Saul had. Are you following God’s leading on the passions that are stirring in your heart? Or do you dismiss them thinking,”I’m just an ordinary guy/girl.” In our day, God isn’t calling you into a battle to save your town, but he is calling you into something. Dream a little. Ask Him where He wants you to lead. Ask Him to equip you for his plan in your life.
If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus as the one who can forgive you of your sins and made Him the King of your life thats where you need to start. In Ephesians 1:13-14 it says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of His glory.” I love that word sealed. In ancient kingdoms laws and decrees were made official with the kings seal. Once the king sealed something it was not to be questioned; it carried the full authority of the office it represented. What that means for us is that through belief in Jesus our souls are secure for eternity!
If you have already made this decision, are you hiding in fear of what God may be calling you to do? Fear of what others will say or the fear that God won’t come through? I totally understand those fears and daily have to trust God that He has a plan and will give me all I need to be a part of those plans. Be faithful to seek Him through His word, be quiet and listen for His voice, and then like Saul, humbly follow Him one step at a time.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7